National Recording Project


Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Alfred Viscount Milner


Type Clock Tower , Medallion

     A red brick and tile clock tower with, half way up, a circular bronze medallion showing a side-view bas relief of Alfred, Viscount Milner. The rim of the medallion is circumscribed by laurel leaves, within which is the inscription.
     Gilbert Ledward was the artist of the medallion.
     'Alfred Milner, 1854-1925, was a prominent statesman who became High Commissioner in South Africa, Governor of Transvaal in 1901 and Secretary for War in 1918. He was created Viscount in 1902 for his services before and during the Boer War. He interested himself in Toynbee Hall in Commercial Street, Whitechapel, becoming Chairman of the Council in the First World War'.(1)


In incised capitals on the bronze medallion, around the perimeter: ALFRED VISCOUNT MILNER SERVANT OF THE STATE 1854-1925 Below the medallion, in a wood-framed, glass-fronted plaque, printed in capitals: ALFRED VISCOUNT MILNER / SERVANT OF THE STATE / 1854-1925 / CHAIRMAN of TOYNBEE HALL / 1912-1925. Below this, on a metal plaque, in capitals, white printed lettering: THIS CLOCK DAMAGED BY BOMBS IN 1940 / WAS RESTORED IN 1965 / IN APPRECIATION OF THE HALF CENTURY / TOYNBEE WAS "THE HOME" OF THE LANDSBERGS / 1ST EAST LONDON / BOY SCOUT GROUP. Below this, on another metal plaque, in capitals, white printed lettering: THIS CLOCK WAS RENOVATED IN 1995 / WITH FUNDS DONATED IN MEMORY OF / MRS. ROSE BLOOM 1908-1995

Related works : 'Ledward did the medallion of Viscount Milner for the Henry VII Chapel in Westminster Abbey in 1930 and a replica of it in bronze is on a wall at Toynbee Hall in Whitechapel'.(1)

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Ledward, Gilbert Artist

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Clock tower Red brick and tile 800cm high approx
Medallion Bronze 60cm diameter

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
General condition Good
Surface condition
Structural condition
Road 28 Commercial Street
Precise location Courtyard of Toynbee Hall
A-Z ref 83 Vb 43
OS ref TQ339814
Date of design None
Year of unveiling 1931
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by None
Duty of care None
Listing status Don't know
At risk? No known risk

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